The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: https://event.synology.com/en-global/solutionexhibition_2019 If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at shazana.roseli@taurusmarketing.com.au, John Wanna at john.wanna@taurusmarketing.com.au or Stacey Toskas at stacey.toskas@taurusmarketing.com.au +61 029415 4528 ‘School pressure, family life, digital identity, increased expectations’: the reason Girl Guides exists today 2019-04-30T22:43:54Z school-pressure-family-life-digital-identity-increased-expectations-the-reason-girl-guides-exists-today Girl Guides NSW & ACT will focus on the role Guiding plays in supporting young girls navigate school pressures, family life, digital identity and raised expectations with the launch of a new campaign called A Place To Grow to coincide with May - Girl Guides Month. This vital piece of communication to young girls, their families and thousands of active and potential volunteers, will highlight the diverse experiences on offer and its relevance for the young girls of today. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner said that Girl Guides provides a place for young people to feel secure. “We come together over a variety of activities, build confidence and resilience which makes our young people better able to cope with their lives. “We encourage our girls to build life skills, and have the freedom to be adventurous, learn strong communication skills, laugh, and make life-long friendships,” said Commissioner Neill. Ella Ezergailis, aged 12, was inspired to join Girl Guides after hearing her mother’s stories of Guiding and wanted her share of adventure and fun. In 2018, Ella became the youngest Girl Guide to take part in ‘Girl Takeover Parliament’ event, in which she watched Question Time in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. Disgusted by the behaviour, Ella wrote a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison telling him so. “I decided to write to the Prime Minister and ask him to change the culture in Parliament House. I told him he should visit my school to learn how to behave respectfully. “My letter was shared around the world on social media and was reported by news outlets. “Girl Guides has given me the confidence to do such a thing, however the result made me feel that a 12-year-old girl’s voice was important, and girls do have the power to change the world,” said Ella. Now in its 99th year, Girl Guides in NSW & ACT has 7,400 members across 540 Units. Comissioner Neill said recent research revealed that 90% of girls joined the organisation before the age of 11 and stayed because it provided the perfect antidote to the complex and pressured lives of young people. “Our research showed that young girls join for the things they need most at this stage of their lives: fun, meeting friends outside of school and developing new skills. “Parents said they wanted their daughters to join to help them build their confidence, meet new friends and have a community orientation to their life. “Our programs offer a connection to experiences and community that schools and busy families can’t. “We have large scale events and the traditional jamboree, but mostly girls choose their own activities to complete, from creative pursuits to sailing, coding to cooking, orientation to fundraising,” said Commissioner Neill. A Place To Grow will use the 540 Units of Girl Guides NSW & ACT, to promote the stories of resilience, confidence building and friendship it encourages, through social media, local press, local events such as school fetes and Girl Guides own Come and Try nights. Helen White, CEO said, the grass-roots approach is what Girl Guides excel at. “Over 1,000,000 Australians are or have been a Girl Guide. We work at the local level, in communities and across regions supporting and empowering the women of tomorrow. “There is a resurgence of interest in Girl Guides, as young people and their families look at ways to combat the pressures of busy and digital lives. We’re all about supporting someone to find their own path, to build resilience, and life skills to take them wherever they wish,” said Ms White. However, is Girl Guides still relevant for the girls of today? Ella says that it is. “Girl Guides is even more relevant to young people growing up with a digital life. “Girl Guides teaches you how to interact socially, be a responsible citizen, how to deal with emergency situations and gives you the courage to accept challenges. “I even went on camp for a week without my phone, and I survived.” More information: www.aplacetogrow.org.au New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Tent of Promise Blessing the Darling River in Wilcannia NSW 2019-03-27T09:11:03Z tent-of-promise-blessing-the-darling-river-in-wilcannia-nsw Tent of Promise Darling River Blessing Wilcannia NSW, March 2019 Contributed by Adele Kenyon Gathered in the dry riverbed of the once mighty Darling River this past week were a handful of sojourners from Queensland who had driven 1,500 kilometres to the tired town of Wilcannia in far western New South Wales. YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Entering Wilcannia 2019 For this small group the township of Wilcannia was the focal destination of their long drive: with their hearts set on praying and prophesying for the revival of the once mighty river and its communities from this spiritual starting point - gleaned after a sustained period of prayerfulness over several months in their home base up north. Led by Bishop Barry Cunnington, Founder of The Tent of Promise Incorporated, based in southern Queensland, the small team of Christian supporters strongly believe their prophetic/prayer mission begun this month in Wilcannia will usher in not only a revived and flowing river, but a spiritual reawakening within the Wilcannia community and beyond. Bishop Cunnington trusts this is a pivotal season for Christian renewal around Australia and believes the seed of blessing sown this week and symbolically poured directly into the dry Darling River riverbed in Wilcannia will herald a new era of reawakening to spiritual truth tied with genuine reconciliation. He explains the spiritual foundation for the belief as being in the Holy Bible (defined as God’s Word to a holy people). One verse consolidating the stance is in 2 Chronicles 7:14, found in the Old Testament of the Bible. The verse is cited below. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV To bless the river the team prayed together in the riverbed near the Wilcannia Bridge on Thursday, led by Bishop Cunnington, who invited a Christian representative of Australia's indigenous/Aboriginal community to prophesy in partnership with he and Wilcannia’s local minister, Pastor Seta, of the Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries (AAOM). The indigenous intercessor present was Hazel Morgan, formerly of Pinnacle Pocket in the Northern Territory and now residing in Brisbane. Mrs Morgan’s representation of Australia’s indigenous peoples was itself significant, said Bishop Cunnington – as the pair had both been present at a 1999 gathering at Yulara near Uluru as part of a Christian reconciliation event organised by the Australian Christian Pastor’s Prayer Network. This year represents the 20th anniversary of that Yulara event. To complete the blessing of the Darling River the three appointed representatives together poured olive oil and red wine into the riverbed, followed by the pouring of clean water. Bishop Cunnington said the oil signified “the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our nation” while the red wine signified “the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse the earth” with the oil and wine “coming together to heal our land and our nation”. “The pouring out of the water signifies the welling up of water to flood and fill the River Valley again, in the mighty name of Jesus,” Bishop Cunnington said, adding that this is being fulfilled “as God’s people pray for this town.” “We have the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven to bring this (water/healing) today to earth… So today, prophetically, we release that full river of Heaven to flow here in this land,” he said. YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Blessing The River Darling, Wilcannia March 2019 As the TOP team continues to trust that these faithful steps into the riverbed at Wilcannia will spark a nationwide revival which will well up and out of Australia's rural and indigenous heartland, out of "country" -- the members of the team also have faith in the renewal of the Darling River from the red centre through God’s grace. The team believes the reawakening that will potentially radiate from the Australian heartland/red centre to bush and coastal areas around Australia will usher in a spiritual revival around the nation. This could be a spiritual link to a prophetic word made more than four centuries ago over the south sea lands by Portuguese explorer, Pedro Fernandez De Quiros, who in 1606 hoisted a banner in the New Hebrides and proclaimed this region and lands beyond it as the "Terra Australis del Espiritu Santu", the last two Spanish words meaning “Holy Spirit”. De Quiros reportedly thought he was in the island -continent of Australia. (Reference:https://christianfaith.com/lookout/sacred-australia or TACL Vol 27 #1 2006). In more recent times, a popular Australian Christian song, “The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit”, written by Geoff Bullock, features lyrics echoing the Portuguese explorers’ proclamation. The song’s chorus captures the essence: “This is the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit A land of red dust plains and summer rains To this sunburnt land we will see a flood And to this Great Southland His Spirit comes”. The TOP mobile ministry is affiliated with The Promise Faith Centre Churches International (PFCCI), with a base in Coolangatta, Queensland. Bishop Cunnington oversees the PFCCI and on its website (https://www.promisefaithcentre.org/about_us) explains how he has personally experienced transformation in his life and knowing the Grace of God “is compelled to bring the revelation of God's Word in the Power of God's Holy Spirit to those who have the need and Grace to receive”. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Tent of Promise Relaunch with Panorama in Wilcannia 2019-03-27T09:09:21Z tent-of-promise-relaunch-with-panorama-in-wilcannia TENT OF PROMISE Relaunch with Panorama in Wilcannia Wilcannia NSW, March 2019 Contributed by Adele Kenyon As Wilcannian locals entered their community hall last week expecting a devotional time and a church service as part of a mission-outreach by a visiting Queensland group to their dry and sweltering township, most of the local residents were stunned to find a gigantic 36 metre illustrated display of highlighted accounts from the Holy Bible plastered around three walls of their large hall. On discovering this magnificent wall display several childrens' jaws dropped and many pairs of eyes - including those of adults - were fixated on the impressive illustrations depicting key events from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, which when considered chronologically depict God's carefully crafted plan of salvation for every person who accepts the heavenly Father’s gift of eternal life given through his precious Son, Jesus Christ. Reflected in the closing sections of the illustrated Bible display are the joy and peace infilling Christians who have accepted God’s gracious gift of life. The impressive Bible Panorama is a key feature of the Tent of Promise (TOP) touring ministry which was relaunched in Wilcannia in Outback New South Wales this month after almost a decade in recess. TOP leaders are confident the new outreach will generate much interest and as the touring ministry gains momentum will ultimately lead many people around Australia to discover and commit or re-commit to the Christian faith. Bishop Cunnington explained that the team’s confidence in these positive outcomes is due to the team’s collective faith in the Word of God combined with its outward expression(s) of this faith. TOP Founders, Barry and Sandra Cunnington, have remobilised this ministry with team members from their Coolangatta Promise Faith Centre Church in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit. They believe Australia is poised for a faith revival which will sweep the nation. TOP Founder, Senior Pastor and Bishop, Barry Cunnington, believes the power of God’s Word spoken by his righteous people will prevail. The four participating TOP pastors are not new to this form of mobilised outback ministry. For many years they took this style of ministry outreach to various Australian townships, including eleven years on the road with an earlier Bible panorama which they hauled around Australia with help from a devoted mobile pastoral team. Now the panorama has been digitally revamped and the mobilisation process refined so it is all more portable - this helpful to the more senior pastors and other team-members, several of whom while agile and young-at-heart are aged in their seventies. The senior pastors are assisted in this mobile ministry by their younger counterparts, Reverend(s) Timothy and Leah Knowling of Alectown, NSW. Pastor Leah, in addition to her wide range of responsibilities, ably coordinates the music ministry for the TOP team, including contributing her impressively strong and powerful vocals which were well appreciated during this Wilcannia trip. During the TOP team’s visit Bishop Cunnington liaised with Wilcannia’s local minister, Pastor Seta, of the Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries (AAOM), so TOP could use some of the local facilities during its visit to the town. Pastor Seta’s worship team also contributed readily to the music ministry during the six-day TOP visit, while Pastor Seta was also a key participant in the blessing of the Darling River Related Article: TENT OF PROMISE - Darling River Blessing YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Blessing The River Darling, Wilcannia March 2019 The Wilcannia launch of the new TOP mission, now renamed "The Tent of Promise:- Now Mobile", did not disappoint. As local visitors were welcomed, not only were they fascinated by the illustrated Bible highlighted on the hall walls, they were challenged by the delivered oratory during the times of devotion and moved by the music - so much so that in the final stages of the time-of-ministry on the first evening, dozens of children and youth independently went up for prayer with the visiting team. These same children and visiting families subsequently revisited various ministry activities springing up over the next few days and brought along friends and new folk -- who were also treated to a vibrant puppet show/singalong. Outreach activities culminated in an outdoor community prayer time for the River Darling held on the final Sunday evening in The Mallee neighbourhood park. This was attended by many local residents, with music provided by the local Wilcannia pastors and other worship team members as well as by Pastor Leah, followed by a celebratory barbecue to finish -- all well received and attended. Local pastors enthusiastically participated in the music ministry during the TOP visit so a range of musical-worship styles were catered to over the period. The TOP mobile ministry is affiliated with The Promise Faith Centre Churches International (PFCCI), with a base in Coolangatta, Queensland. Bishop Cunnington oversees the PFCCI and on its website (https://www.promisefaithcentre.org/about_us) explains how he has personally experienced transformation in his life and knowing the Grace of God “is compelled to bring the revelation of God's Word in the Power of God's Holy Spirit to those who have the need and Grace to receive”. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. MELBOURNE ART WEEK ENLIVENS THE CITY IN AUGUST 2018 WITH EXCEPTIONAL WINTER PROGRAM 2018-06-13T04:51:14Z melbourne-art-week-enlivens-the-city-in-august-2018-with-exceptional-winter-program Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Art Foundation unveiled details of the Melbourne Art Week 2018 program which cumulates in the return of Melbourne Art Fair, 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) and the Visual Arts Awards on 4 August 2018. Over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries will come together in the staging of Melbourne Art Week; a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops that take place during the first week of August. Other highlights include programming from MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art; From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout and VCA Open Studios. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “Melbourne Art Week is set to take over our arts precinct with a celebration like no other. Through exhibitions, fairs, workshops, talks and performances, it will be an opportunity to deep dive into the best in contemporary art. Our Government is proud to support Melbourne Art Week. Events like this bring together some of our most exciting artists and organisations and showcase why Victoria is the creative state.” Melbourne Art Foundation continues to support contemporary art and living artists through its initiative Melbourne Art Week, and in 2018 has joined with Associate Partner, MLC Life Insurance to commission a new performative work from Japanese-born, Australian-based artist Hiromi Tango (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney). Performed on the streets of the Southbank Arts Precinct and incorporating Melbourne’s iconic cultural landmarks including ACCA, the 2018 home of Melbourne Art Fair, the work titled Lizard Tail (Dawn) has been embraced as the visual identity for the celebrated Melbourne Art Week. Susan Karson, Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer, MLC Life Insurance said, "We are delighted to partner with Melbourne Art Week in 2018 to support the commissioning of a new body of work by celebrated Japanese/Australian performance artist Hiromi Tango. Premised on the notion of interactivity, forging individual, social and cultural connections, Hiromi’s new work encapsulates the ethos of Melbourne Art Week in the bringing together of more than 50 cultural organisations to celebrate and support contemporary art and living artists.” MELBOURNE ART FAIR Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) as the anchor event of Melbourne Art Week, housed for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and across two venues alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. Melbourne Art Fair exhibition sectors Galleries and Accent present 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo presentations and group shows of closely related works. In 2018, the Fair will debut TIME, a site-specific video sector curated by Hannah Mathews (Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art) and Rachel Ciesla (Curator and Administrator Galleries and Programs, Melbourne Art Foundation). Unveiling a selection of new and recent works by Michaela Gleave (represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne), Jess Johnson (represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney) and Simon Ward, Sriwhana Spong (represented by Michael Lett, Auckland) and Angela Tiatia (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney), TIME joins with a growing number of organisations focusing their resources on the activities of female practitioners. TIME speaks to the power of the now and is presented across four sites including Melbourne Art Fair, Buxton Contemporary, Fed Square and QT Melbourne. Michaela Gleave's A Galaxy of Suns (2018) transposes what is perhaps the most epic measure of time for humanity: the distance between earth and the universe, questioning the relationship to time, matter and space. The work takes the form of a highly ambient field of colour and sound presented for an intimate audience via QT Melbourne's inhouse entertainment system. New Zealand artist, Jess Johnson and animator Simon Ward’s new video Webwurld (2017) offers a glimpse into a hallucinatory netherworld. Presented at scale on Federation Square’s iconic Big Screen, the work materialises a dark portal into a dimensional world whose activities may be taking place simultaneously to our own. London-based, New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong’s 2016 video This Creature provides a sensorial travel through time and place. Presented in Melbourne Art Fair and within the Riding Hall and historic surrounds of the former Mounted Police Stables, the work channels female medieval mystic Margery Kempe (known for writing the first recorded western autobiography) through a walk undertaken by the artist through London’s Hyde Park. New Zealand born multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia, explores contemporary culture by drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Screened at the street entrance to the newly opened Buxton Contemporary, Tiatia's The Fall collapses conventional structures of time in a deceivingly lush portrait of human consumption and greed. Projects Rooms, presented by Four Pillars and supported by the Melbourne Art Foundation, returns as a non-profit platform for cutting edge art spaces presenting experimental work within the context of a major visual arts event. The 2018 Project Rooms take place within Melbourne Art Fair and will feature presentations from the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne) and The Physics Room (Christchurch). Gertrude Contemporary’s Anxious Bodies for Unstable Environments is a project that reflects upon the current state of global instability. Curated by Mark Feary, the project will present new, recent and context specific works of sculpture, performance, video and robotics, by artists Deanne Butterworth, Mathieu Briand, Kate Daw, Kuba Dorabialski, Jason Maling and Mark Shorter. Ryan Presley brings performance and exchange in his exhibition Prosperity produced by the Institute of Modern Art, which centres on his ongoing project, Blood Money (2010 - present), in which he reimagines Australian banknotes’ figureheads as the heroes and warriors of Aboriginal history. Blak Dot Gallery will present new work by four Melbourne based artists Kirsten Lyttle who is of Māori descent, Lisa Hilli who was born in Raboul - PNG, New Zealand-born Tongan woman Frances Tapueluelu, and local Aboriginal artist Vicki Couzens. All four women explore their own traditional cultural and often matriarchal influences or issues to create discourse and examine identity. The Blak Dot Project Room will create an empowered and empowering space for both the artists and the viewer. The Physics Room, (Un)conditional Part 3 is a two-person exhibition of specifically-commissioned work by New Zealand artists Ayesha Green and Cushla Donaldson, which examine the conditions—unspoken and assumed—under which things are given and received, and how, in the shadows, agency can be leveraged or subverted. TALKS Melbourne Art Week will commence with the Keynote address by Philip Tinari, Director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) at Deakin Edge, Fed Square on 31 July 2018 at 6.30pm, co-presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, University of Melbourne and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by Fed Square. The Keynote headlines the Talks program, which is presented in association with the University of Melbourne, Learning Partner of Melbourne Art Week. Designed to promote discussion, education and interest in contemporary art practice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, the free for the public Talks 2018: Space of Friendship takes place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August at Federation Hall at the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS The city will come alive during Melbourne Art Week with live performance and creative workshops taking place at a range of venues and spaces across the Southbank Arts Precinct. The program includes Phillip Adams BalletLab's Metamorphosen, a performance installation created in a response to composer Richard Strauss Metamorphosen (1945). Adams situates a continues rolling of body bags arriving one after the other onto a giant 18 metre inflatable designed by artist David Cross. Described as a Mondrian pop art grave yard of dripping paints the body bags roll continuously in long drawn out adagio representation of grief and trauma but of great upheaval in response to romantic musical climaxes in the score. Weaving Workshops: Bush Toys and Baskets, presented by ACCA and the Melbourne Art Foundation, is a hands-on workshop with senior weavers from the Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Collective to be held on Sunday 5 August. Art lovers of all ages are encouraged to join Gunditjmara weaver Bronwyn Razem and Yorta Yorta weaver Donna Blackall to explore traditional and contemporary weaving practices. Spaces are limited and registration is essential. Other workshop highlights include NEW YORK! NEW YORK! Coinciding with 2018’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, NGV Kids presents a large–scale participatory installation that will showcase New York City. Featuring interactive displays, multimedia projections and hands-on activities, this free exhibition will introduce children to the vibrancy of New York. Melbourne’s leading contemporary dance company Chunky Move will offer public contemporary dance classes for participants ages 18+ on Wednesday 1 August and Saturday 3 August, with a special Dance Party on Friday 2 August. Sessions take place in Chunky Move's purpose built, state-of-the-art dance studios, located in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct and a short stroll from Melbourne Art Fair. Melbourne Art Week is supported by major partners the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Owned and presented by Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation established in 2003, Melbourne Art Week will run from 30 July-5 August 2018 and Melbourne Art Fair from 2-5 August 2018. For further details please visit http://melbourneartfair.com.au http://melbourneartweek.com.au Ends Media Contact Rhiannon Broomfield, Senior Publicist, Rhiannon@melbourneartfoundation.com, +61 410 596 021 Media pack including imagery: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/inr4of1fu6bciwl/AACAJR2kwFSixC8bT2IcA12ta?dl=0 Video of Hiromi Tango performance: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mdm0oaiku80unxc/AABsVZQzdtJeUGZv6rD58vG1a?dl=0 About Melbourne Art Week | 500 + Artists | 50 + Events | 30 + Venues Melbourne Art Foundation has joined with over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries to stage Melbourne Art Week (30 July-5 August 2018); a dynamic winter program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops. Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage, 1 August) as the flagship event of Art Week and will take place for the first time across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Other highlights of Art Week include the Visual Arts Awards (Saturday 2 August), From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout, VCA Open Studios + more. About Melbourne Art Foundation Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation established in 2003 to promote contemporary art and living Australian artists. Melbourne Art Foundation produces the biennial Melbourne Art Week, and flagship events Melbourne Art Fair and the Awards for the Visual Arts. Melbourne Art Foundation sponsors a range of programs during Melbourne Art Week for the benefit of living artists, to facilitate public discussion and develop new audiences for contemporary art. They include major commissions, project rooms featuring emerging and independent artists and art spaces, public talks, collector programs, guided tours and the celebrated opening night; Vernissage. About Melbourne Art Fair Melbourne Art Fair is the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, taking place for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Showcasing a curated selection of 40 galleries, the Fair will present some of the newest and most respected artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region. Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was founded by galleries from Australia, and has fired the enthusiasm of discerning collectors and an informed public for 30 years. Over its extensive history, the Fair has been instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists, presenting a rich and diverse cross-section of the region’s visual art scene. Melbourne Art Fair 2018 is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors over 5-days, from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August (Vernissage Wednesday 1 August). Tickets now on sale: www.melbourneartfair.com.au/tickets Melbourne Art Fair Event Details Melbourne Art Fair runs from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August 2018 (Vernissage, Wednesday 1 August) in the Southbank Arts Precinct alongside ACCA, 111 Sturt Street Southbank VIC | melbourneartfair.com.au Collector Preview Wednesday 1 August, 2pm-5pm Vernissage Wednesday 1 August, 5pm-9pm Collector View Thursday 2 August, 10am-12pm Public Opening Thursday 2 August, 12pm-5pm Friday 3 August, 10am-9pm (Friday Up Late) Saturday 4 August, 10am-6pm Sunday 5 August, 11am-4pm About MLC Life Insurance MLC Life Insurance is a specialised life insurance business. It represents a landmark strategic partnership between National Australia Bank (NAB) and Nippon Life Insurance under which NAB retain 20% shareholding and Nippon Life hold a majority 80% of the shares in MLC Limited, the entity which operates the MLC Life Insurance business. The Australian-led and managed business aims to leverage Nippon Life’s global presence, built over 128 years, alongside MLC Life Insurance’s significant experience in understanding and meeting the insurance needs of everyday Australians since 1886. For more information on MLC Life Insurance, visit mlcinsurance.com.au DISCOVER 30 YEARS OF ROXETTE HITS AS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD THEM BEFORE 2016-12-14T07:59:15Z discover-30-years-of-roxette-hits-as-you-ve-never-heard-them-before "Songs for Nurseries, Toy Rooms & other Sweet Places" MEDIA RELEASE, SYDNEY, 14 DECEMBER 2016: Today, Australian boutique music company, Bamm Bamm Wolfgang, have released an exclusive collection of classic Roxette songs, reimagined as lullaby instrumentals for the next generation of magic friends. Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) promises to “Rox you like a baby!”. Join the Baby Roxers, Baby Jane and Baby Cooper (the animated artists and babes behind the music), on a melodic journey across three decades of Roxette. Serenade your little one with a starry twist on hits like “Listen To Your Heart” and “The Look” and other fan favourites, including “Silver Blue” and “Stars”. The ultimate gift for Roxette aficionados, this lovingly crafted 12-track compilation appeals to little ears with mesmorising melodies and dreamy instrumentals, making The Lullaby Hits (Vol.1) the essential soundtrack for a “Perfect Day” until it is time to “Go To Sleep”. Adam Alexander, Creative Director of Bamm Bamm Wolfgang comments: “This is a passion project for me. I’m a Daddy and have been an avid Roxette fan since the early 90s. While I adore traditional lullabies, it’s my hope that this record can be something a little more personal for Roxette fans, who are now becoming parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles – to add to their repertoire and share with their little ones. A musical inheritance, if you like!”. To accompany the release, Bamm Bamm Wolfgang have collaborated with Director Robertino Zambrano to produce a sensory music video starring Baby Jane and Baby Cooper, capturing the adventurous and imaginative spirit of the album. Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) is available from Wednesday, 14 December 2016. Album download available from digital stores. A limited-edition CD is available via the official Roxette website www.roxette.se. To find out more, visit: Website: http://www.babyroxers.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/babyroxers Twitter: twitter.com/Baby_Roxers Instagram: Instagram/babyroxers – END – For more information, images and interview requests please contact: Celia Harding
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E: celia.harding@outlook.com Notes to Editors Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) Private album link for review Track listing The Look Stars Sleeping In My Car Listen To Your Heart Almost Unreal Spending My Time Silver Blue How Do You Do! Good Karma First Girl On The Moon Perfect Day Go To Sleep Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AUTHORS GATHER TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF BOOK THIEVES 2016-05-18T23:21:03Z australia-s-leading-authors-gather-to-condemn-government-s-plan-to-create-a-culture-of-book-thieves Who: Richard Flanagan, Nikki Gemmell, Andy Griffiths, Tom Keneally to lead Alist roll call of Australian and international authors When: Thursday 19 May at 6.45pm – 6.55pm Where: Art Gallery NSW, just before the 16th annual Australian Book Industry Awards begin What: Photo opp with limited vox pops available on request. Don’t close the book on Australian stories. The Australian government is about to make significant changes to copyright, threatening the future of our Australian story. But at what cost to writers, culture and jobs? Guest ABIA presenter and Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan will deliver a speech in response to the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property draft report around 10pm during the gala ceremony. ‘Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.’ - Thomas Keneally For more information, please contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | emma@houseofrusher.com Anti-Bullying Day; 'Sextortion' and cyberbullying posing a serious threat to Australia's youth 2016-03-10T03:15:30Z anti-bullying-day-sextortion-and-cyberbullying-posing-a-serious-threat-to-australia-s-youth FOR FOXES SAKEEducating kids way to safety says sex educator For immediate release - March 2016 In the lead up to the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, sex educator and author Rowena Murray lifts the lid on cyberbullying; identifying it as the greatest threat to Australia’s youth. With the rise of ‘sextortion’ or ‘revenge porn’, young women in particular are found to be amongst the most vulnerable. A recent study conducted by beyondblue and Norton by Symantec found that a startling one in ten Australian women said they had experienced ‘revenge porn’ or ‘sextortion’. Most women (76%) under 30 were found to be the victim of online harassment, ranging from verbal abuse to threats of violence. “Revenge porn has far-reaching impacts, with victims often feeling fearful, frightened, violated and abused. Having intimate photos or footage out there can be awful enough, and is exacerbated if online abuse or bullying follows it,” states Rowena. “Young people shouldn’t be shamed into isolating themselves by going offline, as the perpetrators are the criminals here. They shouldn’t be shamed by their families, schools or friends when they need support. Slut-shaming, especially when it’s directed at someone in their teens, only serves to further perpetuate alienation.” In another study conducted by McAfee in 2013, it was found that Aussie teens and tweens were some of the most exposed to cyberbullying; 81% had witnessed cyberbullying, whilst over a third were victims themselves. “Though cyberbullying is sometimes inescapable, young people can take preventative measures to protect their own safety by keeping as many details, such as their location and school private,” says Rowena. “Adults can also help by having two-way conversations with young family members and friends about the digital challenges facing today’s youth.” In her book For Foxes Sake, Rowena educates young people on how they can protect themselves from cyberbullying and on sex in the digital age.  “You’re dealing with a very open internet. There’s also more bullying than ever before because people’s brains go missing when they’re behind a keyboard and they turn into total idiots. Law enforcement, legislation and public attitudes haven’t caught up with the realities of online behaviour.”    -   ends   - Journalists please note: For interviews, images and requests please contactRachel Service  That Comms Co.RachelS@thatcomms.com 0431 339 497Chloe Tran That Comms Co.ChloeT@thatcomms.com 0405 955 025 As I Age….I do not giggle with a full bladder 2015-08-14T04:56:06Z as-i-age-i-do-not-giggle-with-a-full-bladder-3 Federation Square will be home to an oversized ‘As I Age’ chalkboard during Melbourne Writers Festival so people can share their thoughts on getting older. The “As I Age” chalkboard is two metres high and 12 metres long chalkboard, and hopes to inspire festival goers and everyone walking by to share their thoughts on getting older. The installation is a community project of Feros Care and is intended to ignite thought and conversation about ageing, and to break down attitudes and to prove that life doesn’t stop at 70. Ms Jennene Buckley, Chief Executive Officer of Feros Care said “This is one of the biggest and most provocative community campaigns Feros has ever done. We work hard to constantly challenge the perceptions and stereotypes of ageing. This installation is impossible to ignore, as is ageing! “I’m so excited about what the locals will have to say, and what comments they will add to the board. Older people often don’t feel like they can voice their concerns about ageing, and the Wall gives them permission. They aren’t used to such personal expression. “No topic was off-limits – from sex to beliefs to incontinence,” she said. Ms Buckley said there was an amazingly positive reaction to the Wall’s installation at Byron Bay Writers Festival earlier this month. Hundreds of people of all ages completed the ‘As I Age’ sentence. The wall drew large crowds and it became a talking point between groups of strangers. Proof that ageing impacts everyone, two teenagers were captured saying: “No matter what our age, we are ageing”, as they participated in a public interactive art installation. Participating writers at the Byron Bay festival also had their say on the As I Age wall: Don Watson: “I hope” Annie Zaidi: “One by one my fences fall away and I feel free” Renata Singer: “I’m going to keep contributing and stay engaged” Some of the 100s of comments chalked at the Byron Bay Writers Festival included: • …I give thanks, as old age is not offered to everyone • …I want to realise my full potential and capture the essence of life. • …I feel lighter and free, not at all what I was expecting • …I love, laugh and live every minute and every day as if it is my last! • ....I don’t want to be homeless • …I live to love and be loved, and to embrace my future and freedom • …I would like respect • …I ache • …I do not giggle with a full bladder “These comments aren’t always comfortable to read but they are the reality and by getting people to share their perspective, we can aim to make getting older better. “In fact here at Feros Care we celebrate ageing. We have made it our mission to always challenge traditional thoughts and attitudes to aging, and help seniors live their best lives. “If you are around Federation Square during the Writers Festival, please complete the sentence “As I Age …” and be a part of the community that creates a positive image and environment for ageing,” Ms Buckley said. The As I Age wall is part of a national roadshow to inspire conversation about ageing. Following the Melbourne Writers Festival, the As I Age wall will be appearing at the Brisbane Writers Festival (2-30 September). Gold Coast lady helps people avoid toxic medications 2015-05-12T01:50:32Z gold-coast-lady-helps-people-avoid-toxic-medications A Gold Coast woman is on a mission to help people across Australia understand the principles of good health to avoid being a medical misdiagnosis statistic. Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine president Mark Graber estimates diagnostic errors in Australia are 140,000 cases every year with 21,000 cases of serious harm and between 2000 and 4000 deaths. “These errors cause appreciable suffering and harm everywhere,” Mr Graber said. Known as The Spirit Warrior, Liz Collett said she had heard of increasing numbers of people who had been having severe side effects from medication prescribed by doctors. ‘Doctors are practicing on people because they’re not in tune with people’s specific body chemistry, which is as unique for each person as their fingerprints,” Ms Collett said. “From my own experiences, I refuse to take their advice as gospel.” Ms Collett found she had a gift communicating with spirit after ‘busting her knee open’ when she slipped on a grape at Runaway Bay Shopping Mall in January 2013. The well-known Gold Coast line dancing instructor of 22 years ‘was unable to dance for 12 months’ and had a tension band wire criss-crossed through her knee bone with two pins in it for 8 months. Her healing journey involved a slow one-year process of hospital visits and physiotherapy. This gave her an opportunity to connect with her angels and spirit guides, initially through a psychic circle. She then found that all her questions were being answered on health, wellbeing, business and future projections through the motions of a crystal pendulum. “It’s important to be aware of what we put into our bodies,” Ms Collett said. “Many people are suffering badly from toxic food, radiation, products etc and are being diagnosed with conditions like autism and ADD, which can be avoided and cured easily.” She will be running low-cost Awakening the World retreats in Queensland this year and is writing a book about her story called It’s All About Me, which is due out later this year. Her instructional line dancing DVDs, done in collaboration with musician Paul Fitz-Patrick, ‘Line Dance with Liz Collett’, released in 2005, have sold to people in South Arica, the US, UK, New Zealand and Poland. Her classes have attracted up to 120 people in venues like Southport Sharks, where she currently teaches, as well as William Duncan State School, Nerang. She has also taught at workshops across Australia, in New Zealand, China and Florida, US. She is passionate about helping people get back in touch with themselves and embracing their power.  “Your angels and spirit guides are there to help with your problems. You need to take charge of your own life – stand up and say I’m not copping this. People will respect you more,” she said. She advises that people be aware of toxic medications that are often being given out by pharmacies. “It’s time for people to take responsibility,” she said. “We are in the Age of Aquarius now, good people will rise and have a voice.” Liz will run Awakening the World retreats from July 4 to 5 and August 1 to 2, 2015, at Stacey's at the Gap, on the Cunningham Highway towards Warwick. To book, call 0411 602 974. ________________________________  MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: Aldwyn Altuney, AA Xposé Media Director, Ph: (07) 5571 0233, 0409 895 055 Email: aldwyn@aaxpose.com   SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED ONBOARD SUN PRINCESS 2015-04-21T23:03:19Z sydney-film-festival-announces-world-premiere-of-women-he-s-undressed-onboard-sun-princess The 62nd Sydney Film Festival announces the World Premiere of Gillian Armstrong’s Women He’s Undressed. The documentary premieres on-board the Sun Princess, in Sydney Harbour on Wednesday 10 June.   The Sydney Film Festival screening will be the first time a premiere has been held on a ship in Australia.   The Festival and Princess Cruises have partnered to present this film, rolling out an on-deck blue carpet to celebrate the occasion, followed by a screening in the Sun Princess Theatre.  Women He’s Undressed takes an intimate look at the life of Academy Award winning Australian designer Orry-Kelly.  Unfamiliar at home, the Kiama born designer created wardrobes for the silver screen from the 1930s to 1960s.  Kelly’s design credits include; Hollywood’s biggest studios, most memorable stars, and films hits such as Some Like it Hot and An American in Paris.   “We could not think of anything more appropriate and exciting than to have our premiere on a Grand Ship on the very harbour young penniless Orry-Kelly sailed from in 1922 with dreams of showbiz success. I can’t wait to frock up with cocktails at sunset on the deck and toast his extraordinary life and talent,” said the film’s director Gillian Armstrong.   “Women He’s Undressed is about a most fascinating Australian Hollywood luminary. We are proud to be screening the World Premiere at Sydney Film Festival,” said Festival Director Nashen Moodley.   “Princess Cruises is thrilled to partner with Sydney Film Festival to present Australia’s first World Premiere on a ship," said Princess Cruises Vice President Australia and New Zealand, Stuart Allison. “In this case, the subject could not be more fitting - Orry-Kelly was a legend in the entertainment industry, whose life and work inspired millions around the world; and here at Princess Cruises, we pride ourselves on our first-rate entertainment offerings, including our ever-popular Movies Under The Stars, and providing our guests with meaningful life-changing experiences.”  Sydney Film Festival runs 3 – 14 June 2015.The full program of 200+ films will be launched on Wednesday 6 May at 11am.Flexipasses for Sydney Film Festival 2015 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit sff.org.au for more information. Interview opportunity: Spirit Warrior confirms no terror attacks this Anzac Day 2015-04-19T23:16:29Z spirit-warrior-confirms-no-terror-attacks-this-anzac-day GOLD Coast ‘Spirit Warrior’ Liz Collett said ‘spirit’ has confirmed there will be no terrorist attacks in Australia or New Zealand this Anzac Day. “People can celebrate the day for what it is without cause for fear,” Ms Collett said. This Saturday (25/4/15) marks the 100-year centenary of the ANZAC landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey and since Australia’s involvement in World War 1, after which 102,000 people died. Ms Collett is on a mission to help people de-stress and deal effectively with the scare of recent terror threats and loss of loved ones this Anzac Day. She is particularly passionate about helping grieving families or servicemen, who may have unresolved emotional issues like post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, abruptness or short temperament after war. Ms Collett’s uncle Ron Cordin was blinded in World War 2 after a hand grenade blew up in front of him in Bougainville in 1945. “This caused a lot of stress to my grandma Francis,” Ms Collett said. “He had eight siblings, including my mum, and the stress of this had a long-term impact on our family. “My mum had a lot of stress and someone dear to her died in her arms when she was pregnant with me. When I was born in 1953, her stress and lack of time she could spend with me led to me subconsciously growing up feeling unworthy of love and having great things.   “I always kept busy to prove myself with activities such as gymnastics, ice skating and eventually as a jockey.” Her dad, Reg Kimbrey, was an ambulance officer for 39 years from 1952 to 1991 and also dealt with many war victims, which also impacted her family. Ms Collett found a new awareness communicating with her angels and spirit guides after an accident, fracturing her kneecap, when she slipped on a grape at Runaway Bay Shopping Mall in January 2013. The well-known Gold Coast line dancing instructor of 22 years ‘couldn’t dance for 12 months’ and had a tension band wire criss-crossed through her knee bone with two pins in it for eight months. She soon discovered she had a gift for communicating with spirits, which answer specific questions on health, wellbeing, business and future projections, through the motions of a crystal pendulum. “No matter what they went through, the servicemen and women who died are in a happy place now and have earned their place in heaven,” Ms Collett said. “They are contactable and they are around you.” Her tips to deal with the stress of either being in war or related to someone who was is to contemplate on the service for their country and the camaraderie. Meditation is also a great way to find peace and contentment. “It’s important to understand that with every suffering, there is a reward.” She advises people to communicate and talk about issues. “Acknowledge them, accept them, feel them and let them go,” she said. “Those who have passed want their family members to commemorate the service they gave and rejoice in the fact they are in a happy place. “They don’t want you to be sad or in mourning. They want you to be happy and not live with a heavy heart. They want you to feel light and happy that they are with you in spirit. It’s such a beautiful awareness.” Ms Collett will run a low-cost healing Awakening the World retreat at Stacey's at the Gap towards Warwick, Queensland, on July 4 (American Independence Day) and July 5. She is also writing a revealing book about her story called It’s All About Me, which is due in October this year. Her instructional line dancing DVDs, done in collaboration with musician Paul Fitz-Patrick, ‘Line Dance with Liz Collett’, released in 2005, have sold to people in South Africa, the US, UK, New Zealand and Poland. Her classes have attracted up to 120 people in venues like Southport Sharks, where she currently teaches, as well as William Duncan State School, Nerang. She has also taught at workshops across Australia, in New Zealand, China and Florida, US. She is passionate about helping people get back in touch with themselves and embrace their power. For more details, call Liz Collett on 0411 602 974. Gold Coast lady helps people de-stress this Easter 2015-04-02T02:10:54Z gold-coast-lady-helps-people-de-stress-this-easter ​A Gold Coast woman is on a mission to help people de-stress, rejuvenate and get back in touch with themselves this Easter. Known as The Spirit Warrior, Liz Collett will run a relaxing, healing Awakening the World retreat this Saturday and Sunday (4-5/4) at Stacey's at the Gap towards Warwick.  Ms Collett found solace communicating with her angels and spirit guides after ‘busting her knee open’ when she fell over at Runaway Bay Shopping Mall in January 2013. The well-known Gold Coast line dancing instructor of 22 years ‘couldn’t dance for 12 months’ and had a tension band wire criss-crossed through her knee bone with two pins in it for 8 months. “I was walking from Coles to the underground car park and slipped on a grape,” Ms Collett said. Her healing journey involved a slow year-long process of hospital visits and physiotherapy. This gave her time to connect with her angels and spirit guides, initially through a psychic circle. She soon discovered she had a gift for communicating with spirits, which answer specific questions on health, wellbeing, business and future projections through the motions of a crystal pendulum. “We’re no longer ageing to perfection. We’re ageing to decay,” Ms Collett said. “It’s important to be aware of what we put into our bodies. Many children are suffering badly from toxic food, radiation, products etc and are being diagnosed with conditions like autism and ADD, which can be avoided and cured easily.” She will be running low-cost Awakening the World retreats in Queensland this year and is writing a book about her story called All About Me, which is due out later this year. Her instructional line dancing DVDs, done in collaboration with musician Paul Fitz-Patrick, ‘Line Dance with Liz Collett’, released in 2005, have sold to people in South Arica, the US, UK, New Zealand and Poland. Her classes have attracted up to 120 people in venues like Southport Sharks, Southport Bowls Club and William Duncan State School. She has also taught at workshops across Australia, in New Zealand, China and Florida, US. She is passionate about helping people get back in touch with themselves and embrace their power. “The hardest thing is for people to believe they are loved,” she said. “Your angels and spirit guides are there for you to help with your problems. You need to take charge of your own life – stand up and say I’m not copping this. People will respect you more.” She also advises that people avoid toxic medications that are often being given out by pharmacies as their bodies are decaying – causing stress and health problems. “It’s time for people to take responsibility,” she said. “We are in the Age of Aquarius now, good people will rise and have a voice.” Liz will run a two-day Awakening the World retreat at Stacey’s At the Gap, on the Cunningham Highway towards Warwick, this Saturday and Sunday (4-5/4/15) and one from July 31 to August 2, 2015. To book, call 0411 602 974.